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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Dr.Rennison"<>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2018 11:53:49 +0100

We wish to notify you that your have been picked as a beneficiary, in an International Europe Email Sweepstake's Program Corporation, held on the 17th of August 2018 in Netherlands . We write to officially notify you of
you have been awarded €22,500,000.00 and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately for the claims.

Europe Consult & Finance
Mr.Chris Rhodes

You are advise to please quote the winning information in your response

Winning Information's
Reference No (1423-4048)
Lucky No 2-10-18-22
Batch No 3-12-30-8-42-10

Sincerely yours,
Dr.Rennison Mark
Promotion co-ordinator

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